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  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies are More Powerful than Ever


    In addition to protecting employees and reducing injuries, the enhanced penalties of the 2005 revision of the Missouri Workers Compensation Act make it even more beneficial for policyholders to create and enforce drug and alcohol policies. Significant revisions by the Missouri legislature now make these policies even more powerful at discouraging drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Read more for details and a recent example of how this Act makes a difference.

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  • Tragedy Avoided: Employee's Life Saved by a Seat Belt


    Although seat belt safety is enforced by many employers, statistics show many people still ignore important safety practices. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 68.3 percent of vehicle occupants who died in Missouri car crashes from 2011 to 2013 were not buckled up. Seat belts save lives, and most recently, Goodrich Gas was a great testament of this claim.

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  • Safety Stand-Downs: A Great Time to Bring Up Injury Prevention


    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death among construction employees, with 345 of the 899 reported fatalities recorded in 2014. In addition to this alarming statistic, OSHA reported that 23 percent of all workplace fatalities in the Kansas City region involved vehicle-related “struck by” incidents from 2012-15.

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  • Don't Let Workplace Hazards Trip You Up


    Slips, trips and falls are part of everyday life sometimes even seem funny. They are also the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries, with costs averaging $47,696 per lost-time claim. Unfortunately, these injuries often result in pain and suffering for your employees, as well as significant workers compensation costs for your business. This makes slips, trips and falls not so funny, but they are preventable.

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  • Ergonomically Correct Means Fewer Injuries and Increased Productivity


    Computer monitors that are too close, repetitive motion and muscle fatigue may seem low risk but the injuries that come with them can be permanent and costly. In fact, work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time (1). Investing a little time and money on ergonomics in your workplace can add value for many years to come.

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  • VPPPA 2016: OSHA Wants Companies to Stand Down for Safety

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0000

    Fall protection lacks across all industries, despite OSHA efforts to encourage employers to host training sessions to recognize hazards and prevent injuries or fatalities.
    Despite OSHA’s continuing efforts to educate employers about fall protection and hazards, falls remain the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.

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  • Standing Up for Weight Management

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:23:00 +0000

    Want to move that number on the scale? Then get your behind moving and out of your desk chair more often!

    A newly released study from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education suggests regular use of sit-stand desks can be beneficial to maintaining weight levels when combined with other low-intensity activities.

    According to researchers, alternating positions between standing and sitting while performing desk work could make the difference in whether the thin red needle in your bathroom scale tilts to the left or the right of your goal weight.

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  • VPPPA 2016: Security Panel Addresses Exit Plans, Workplace Violence

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:44:00 +0000

    Osceola County, Fla. law enforcement and fire safety officers spoke about the Pulse Nightclub shooting and emergency escape procedures during the opening day of the 32nd Annual VPPPA Conference.
    The next time you’re out at a public establishment, take a moment to note the exits and escape routes. What would you do if an active shooter, fire or other emergency situation occurred? Do you have an escape strategy? Unfortunately, most people don’t, and in a panic situation, not having a plan of action could cause injury or even death, according to panelists at the 32nd Annual VPPPA Safety & Health Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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  • D.R. Horton, Garcia Carpentry Build Up OSHA Fines

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:52:00 +0000

    Homebuilder and framing contractor received a total of $107,785 in citations after failing to protect workers from falls at The Meadows at Heath Brook job site.

    OSHA has cited D.R. Horton and Garcia Carpentry for fall protection violations at an Ocala, Fla. job site.

    Inspectors observed employees installing roofing sheathing without fall protection, leading to five safety violations. The inspection was part of the OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program on falls in construction.

    The agency issued D.R. Horton one repeated citation for failing to ensure subcontractor employees were protected with a fall protection system when working from heights up to 25 feet.

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  • Keeping Large Crowds Safe During Election Year Events

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:36:00 +0000

    Every four years, the American people have the opportunity to be a part of the most important political process, the presidential elections. Election hoopla starts much earlier than the Nov. 8 election day, with political conventions, rallies and fundraisers.

    The 2016 election season has been a busy one! With primaries, rallies, conventions, debates, protests, parades...

    So far, this year has been an especially exciting process, with thousands of potential voters attending political events across the country. And while every election cycle is no stranger to protests and large crowds, this year in particular has been dubbed one of the most uncertain and potentially unruly situations for political events.

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  • Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training

    Do you know what to do if an employee demonstrates characteristics of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work?

    Join Safety Fanatic Mark Woodward from Missouri Employers Mutual and John Throckmorton from TOMO Drug Testing to learn how you, as a supervisor, can address these problems.

    This engaging and informative seminar is open to the public free of charge (a $75 value per person). Participants who complete the full session will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements, and most state requirements for Supervisor Drug and Alcohol Recognition Training.

    7:30 a.m.  Registration begins. Continental breakfast provided.

    8 a.m.-noon Seminar

    Oct. 13—Kansas City
                   Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
                   4747 Flora
                   Kansas City, MO 64110

    Nov. 2—Springfield
                 Meyer Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital
                 3535 S. National Ave.
                 Springfield, MO 65807

    Nov. 3—St. Louis
                Carpenter's District Council of Greater St. Louis
                Hall #2
                1401 Hampton Ave.
                St. Louis, MO 63139

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